After opening the season 0-5, the Knicks would take any victories they could get.
Now they have two in a row -- and the second one went into the record books.
The Knicks set a team record for points allowed in a 73-62 win over the host Jazz on Monday, the fewest points scored against New York in the shot-clock era.
"I thought the first half we really struggled offensively and turned the ball over a lot, but we just managed to hang in defensively and that was critical," said Larry Brown, the new Knicks coach whose message about defense is getting across.
New York held Utah scoreless for almost 91/2 minutes in the third quarter and won for the second straight night. Jamal Crawford scored 20 points and Eddy Curry added 10 points, 9 rebounds and 5 blocks against the Jazz, which was without three starters and couldn't overcome a woeful third quarter.
Although New York played the night before in a 105-95 win at Sacramento, it was the Jazz that looked weary while shooting 27 for 75 -- the worst percentage in team history (29.3).
Injuries hurt Utah, which had only 11 healthy players. Rookie Deron Williams led the Jazz with 18 points and five assists.
"When we did go inside, it was kind of like an adventure in there with the way we shot the ball a few times to see if we could get it up on the glass," Jazz Coach Jerry Sloan said.
Stephon Marbury had 10 points, 5 assists and 5 rebounds and Quentin Richardson scored 12 for the Knicks. Their previous mark since the shot clock was introduced 51 years ago was 63 points allowed to the Chicago Bulls on Feb. 21, 1999.
-- From News Services